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Definition 1: a bevel gear that permits rotation of two shafts at different speeds; used on the rear axle of automobiles to allow wheels to rotate at different speeds on curves - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for differential in the sense of this definition

(differential is a kind of ...) gears that mesh at an angle

Definition 2: a quality that differentiates between similar things - [noun denoting attribute]

(differential is a kind of ...) the quality of being unlike or dissimilar

"there are many differences between jazz and rock"

Definition 3: the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for differential in the sense of this definition

(differential is a kind of ...) problem solving that involves numbers or quantities

(... is a kind of differential ) the rate of change (at a point) of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curve

(... is a kind of differential ) the derivative of a function of two or more variables with respect to a single variable while the other variables are considered to be constant

Definition 4: relating to or showing a difference - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where differential or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • differential treatment

Definition 5: involving or containing one or more derivatives - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where differential or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • differential equation

(differential belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

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